Born in London to parents from Ghana, David Gyasi wanted to be a footballer (soccer player) when he was young, and ended up playing the part a number of times as an actor. His first role on screen was a small part in the film "What A Girl Wants" (2003) starring Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth. This was followed by a guest role on "Goal" (BBC, 2003), his first opportunity to live out his childhood dream. He got the chance again, when he had a recurring role as a footballer on the series "Mike Bassett: Manager" (ITV, 2005) and the same year played on "Dream Team" (Sky1, 1997-2007), another soccer related show. Gyasi eventually transitioned away from the sports-themed roles and appeared in a guest role on a number of shows, including a voice role in the animated children's show "Chuggington" (CBBC, 2008-), "Law & Order: UK" (ITV, 2009-2014), and a supporting role in the feature "Red Tails" (2010). In 2012, he premiered on the mini-series "White Heat" (BBC Two, 2012), which tracked seven characters from their student days in the mid-1960s to the present. It was his first series regular role. The same year Gyasi appeared in small roles in two high profile features, "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012) and "Cloud Atlas" (2012). Gyasi collaborated with Christopher Nolan a second time, playing a small role in "Interstellar" (2014). His first role on American television was as a series regular on "Containment" (The CW, 2015-16) about an epidemic outbreak in Atlanta.